Start Farming Blog
Mistakes made in planning and planting an orchard cannot easily be reversed. Before establishing a new orchard block, it is important to carefully assess all the factors that will ultimately affect fruit quality and orchard sustainability. Proper planning includes evaluations of business goals, management style, site characteristics, and market potential.
AgConnect will be hosting an educational social media workshop, “Keeping Customers Engaged with Your Farm or Agribusiness in the Off-Season,” on Tuesday, December 4 at Chester County Economic Development Council’s Conference Center in Exton.
The growing season has come to an end and I imagine you’re happy it is over too. However before you go into hibernation for the winter, take advantage of the dry fall we are experiencing and pull some soil samples. Fall soil sampling has a number of advantages.
Harvested vegetables are living systems that age with time. As a grower, your goal is to slow down the aging process. To do that, you need to understand, and manage, four natural processes: respiration, transpiration, ethylene production, and chilling injury. Proper cooling is the first step, followed by maintaining the optimum temperature and relative humidity (RH) for each vegetable.
For a beginning farmer, making economic decisions may be a stressful task if accounting records and financial statements are not available. The use of spreadsheets and computerized financial records help farmers relax while making a plan.
In the vegetable world you might be starting to wind down. Take a little time to take notes now while this season is fresh. It is too easy to forget important changes you want to make on the farm by January when you sit down to do your orders and make your plans.
This intensive organic vegetable training program includes 500 hours of training on our 45-acre farm in Emmaus, PA, and 100 hours of formal workshops and classes.
A new website developed by Penn State Extension specialists is designed to be a one-stop resource for those seeking information on the Health Insurance Marketplace, which was created under the federal Affordable Care Act.
There are many types of tree nuts that grow in Pennsylvania, especially in the southern and eastern parts of the state. If you’d like to grow nuts to add to your product selection, you are more likely to be successful with a little planning and careful selection of the types of nuts you plant.
Farm Credit's Amanda Ramer explains how to find an ag lender and what they look for.
Iowa State Ag Economist Michael Duffy describes important factors to consider if you are getting started in farming by inheriting the farm.
Interest in regards to small grain growing is rising on small farms for several reasons. Historically, winter wheat, rye and winter barley have been grown in this region of the state for grain production, straw, “green-chopped” for forage and then ensiled, or a cover crop and killed early in the lifecycle.
Can you believe it? Fall is almost upon us and as we enter into the fall season, sheep producers should begin to prepare for the breeding season. This includes some general steps for both rams and ewes. A few weeks spent preparing for the breeding season can result in more lambs next spring.
Join Penn State Extension Start Farming for a pest and disease walk at Heritage Farm in Philadelphia September 25th. Pests and diseases can cause major damage to your vegetable crops. Learn to id and better manage plant problems for increased production, quality and sales.
AgBiz Masters, the nationally-recognized, award-winning learning series for young and beginning farmers, is pleased to open enrollment for its next class that will be held from November 2013 through March 2014.
With the growing season at its peak, it's hard to believe that the "down" season is just a couple months away. Use that slow season wisely to continue your farming education with a selection of 12 online courses. Registration is open now and some courses fill quickly, so be sure to check them out soon!
New poultry owners, aspiring poultry owners, or those interested in exploring a new venture on a small scale basis are invited to participate in the Backyard Poultry Short Course, to be taught by Steve Hughes, Ag Educator with Penn State Extension and will be held on Thursdays starting September 12 and running for 4 weeks thru October 3, 2013.
You are invited to see eight acres of strawberry production including two acres of day-neutral Seascapes planted in four different months in 2013.
Registration is now open for Vegetable Business Planner. This series of participatory discussions and study sessions will help you create a farm plan for your new vegetable business. Let’s make sure all the pieces of your farm business fit together.